Three, It’s A Magic Number

July 20th, 2012 | J.C.

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MacauBusiness.Com: ‘Sands China Ltd chairman Sheldon Adelson said yesterday that the company is eyeing to start construction work on parcel three, in Cotai, in November. “We have already undertaken extensive design work on the project and plan to start construction by November,” Mr Adelson was quoted as saying in a company press release. [Read More]

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Ever watch the Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats? Well, if you haven’t, the show  “spotlights America’s most exciting and revolutionary restaurants. It’s the first look and the last word in everything extreme in food today. The locations range from high-end dining rooms to casual neighborhood treasures, and even roving eateries with no permanent addresses. We seek out the most amazing examples of modern dining across America.” And this weekend their amazing example is found at The Palazzo. The show will spotlight chef Sam DeMarco’s wonderful restaurant: First Food & Bar.  Watch the program on Sunday from 7 to 8 pm PDT.

The solar thermal system at The Palazzo is among the largest in the nation

The Las Vegas Review-Journal published an article today about our Environmental Report and sustainability efforts. Below is an excerpt, but read the whole thing.

Las Vegas Sands began its sustainability efforts seven years ago, but this report is the company’s first compilation verified by an independent source. The study of the company’s green operations was verified by Amsterdam-based Global Reporting Initiative, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainability.

“It is the most recognized standard for reporting globally, so that’s why we chose GRI,” said Katarina Tesarova, executive director of global sustainability for Las Vegas Sands.

In 2011, Las Vegas Sands spent $2.5 million on capital expenses to sustain environmental efforts. In addition, each property has a sustainability director to lead the charge. [Read More]

Complimentary LED light bulbs courtesy of General Electric were handed out to the audience

In celebration of the gaming industry’s first-ever independently checked Environmental Report, Las Vegas Sands hosted top sustainability activists, hotel executives and journalists with a green conference at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas.

Yesterday, we live streamed the event. But here’s a recap. More than 100 guests–including the presidents from all our company’s resorts–attended the conference in the Veronese Ballroom to discuss and learn about Las Vegas Sands’ environmental achievements and pioneering green operations.

The audience was addressed by a number of industry leaders both inside and outside the company, including Michael A. Leven, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands; Norbert Riezler, senior vice president and chief procurement sustainability officer of Las Vegas Sands; Katarina Tesarova, executive director of global sustainability at Las Vegas Sands; Michael Luehrs, president of the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC); and Doug Taylor, executive pastry chef for Batali & Bastianich Hospitality. [Read More]

Today, Las Vegas Sands is celebrating the release of its Environmental Report, the first environmental study in the gaming industry to be formally verified by the Global Reporting Initiative, a leading non-profit organization that measures economic, environmental and social sustainability. Watch the event live here at 11:30 a.m. PDT.

Watch live streaming video from sandsenvironmentalreport at livestream.com

Next week we’re celebrating the release of our first ever Environmental Report. The event will showcase the sustainability accomplishments of the company’s Sands ECO 360 program, which focuses on our green building designs, environmentally responsible operations, green meetings, and stakeholder engagement. On the blog, we’re live-streaming the celebrations. Please join us on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 11:30 am to 1:30 pm PDT.

On his blog and in the interview below, Jason Mraz says some very, very nice words about our environmental operations at Marina Bay Sands, and he also gives an interesting description of his creative process for any of you artists out there. Watching this, you quickly see he’s not only something of the Bob Dylan of our time, he’s also just a thoughtful, decent guy (and a fellow vegan, I’m happy to learn).

Sands China Dragon Boats!

July 3rd, 2012 | Afshin Ravanbaksh

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Every year, Macao holds a much-awaited and beloved tradition – the Dragon Boat Races. With entrants coming from all over Asia and around the world, Sands China sent its own teams to participate again this year, and was excited to achieve its best record yet – seventh place, beating out 29 other teams!

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In Vegas? Visit Our New Addition: The Bourbon Room

June 29th, 2012 | Jeff Birchmeier

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The Bourbon Room offers the finest collection of bourbon and spirits in Las Vegas and entertainment by music video flashbacks to nostalgic rock music from the totally rad ‘80s. Located on The Venetian casino floor between Noodle Asia and Valentino, The Bourbon Room gives a backstage pass to the hottest scene in Vegas with resident VJs cranking out feel-good tunes and accompanying music videos.

To add to the experience, a talented crew of cocktail servers take to the stage several times a night in sexy and fun performances while guests sing along to their favorite songs.

The Bourbon Room will be open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 a.m.. VJs get the party started nightly in the Bourbon Room at 8 p.m. spinning classic rock hits.

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Marina Bay Sands made it onto Yahoo’s list of 10 Spectacular New Hotel Pools: “The outdoor infinity swimming pool at this mega resort (which opened in 2010) is considered the world’s largest. Located a staggering 656 feet above Singapore and 492 feet long (roughly three times Olympic-pool length), it’s a thrill-seeker’s delight. The pool not only spans three of the hotel’s 55-story towers, but the Plexiglass sides give the stomach-churning illusion of no end point in sight. In addition to the adrenaline rush, the pool’s location is visual mayhem, with awesome views of the city skyline.” Hat tip: Sandra